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Versar Awarded New Iraq Training Contract

March 1, 2011 by · Comment
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SPRINGFIELD, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Versar announced it was awarded an approximate $1.5 million contract from the United States Forces-Iraq for Operations and Maintenance Training of Iraqi Ministry of Defense personnel.



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DynCorp International Receives Notice to Proceed on Contract to Support Afghanistan Ministry of Defense (MOD)

October 6, 2010 by · Comment
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FALLS CHURCH, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DynCorp International (DI) today announced that it has received a notice to proceed on its contract with the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) to assist the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (CSTC-A) and NATO Training Mission (NTM) by providing mentors and trainers to develop the Afghanistan Ministry of Defense (MOD). The contract was initially awarded in February 2010 and has a two year base period with an estimat



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Great Britain Buys More SATCOMM Leading To Satellite Investment

Paradigm Secure Communications received a contract extension from the British Ministry of Defense to provide satellite telecommunications services for the Army, RAF and Navy. The contract is now extended past 2020 and has a value of over $6 billion. This further work is allowing Paradigm to invest in a fourth Skynet 5 satellite.

This contract was originally awarded in 2003 and the was structured as a Defense Finance Initiative. This meant that the contractors provided the hardware and Paradigm and Astrium built and launched three Skynet satellites. The U.K. and the U.S. have found that the operations in Afghanistan and Iraq have increased their requirements for satellite communications and Paradigm had already planned for a fourth satellite. The U.S. is planning on awarding a multi-billion dollar contract with commercial providers for their military and other government agency use.

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Greece Loses Submarine Contracts

Normally it is the government customer who ends a contract for non-performance or because they cannot afford it anymore. Today it was announced by ThyssenKrupp that the shipbuilder was ending a contract with Greece for new construction as well as upgrading existing ships and submarines. The company claims that the Greece Ministry of Defense has failed to pay them for the work done.

The original contract was for the construction of four advanced diesel electric submarines as well as modifying and upgrading three older ones already in use by Greece. In 2007 the first new submarine was ready but Greece didn’t take delivery and refused payment. ThyssenKrupp has been trying to go into arbitration over the deal but has now decided to go ahead and cancel the contract. The company has seen major contraction and loss of business due to the global economic downturn.

The Greek government is blamed for failing to negotiate or move out on the contract. There is an election upcoming and the opposition is expected win and has used this issue as part of their campaigning.

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Defense corruption in Russia

October 15, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: Contract Awards, crime, development program, IT, Russia 

The Russian Ministry of Defense announced that contract fraud was perpetuated on the Russian government through manipulation of contract evaluation and awards. The Ministry had contracted with the state owned 26th Central Scientific Research Institute to manage a security software system. The Research Institute awarded the contract to a company that turned out to be made up of people on the contract evaluation board. Up to 20 M rubles may be involved in this case where little or no work was done and the money was moved around via false contracts. In the US when a Source Selection Evaluation Board (SSEB) is established all the members are investigated for such conflicts, although there have been cases of outright bribery of members for a favorable contract award.

For more see Komersant’s website.

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Britain signs CV contract

The British Ministry of Defense signed the contract with the VT Group to build the two new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy. See an article here. Previous reports had the Scottish government worried that Britain might renege on the deal due to differences with the emerging nationalistic mood in Scotland. See a post here. The total contract value is about $7.5 B with as always with these kind of programs the chance to go higher.

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Italy Selects AAI’s Shadow® 200 Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System

December 31, 1969 by · Comment
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FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AAI Corporation, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that Italy’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) – Directorate of General Aeronautical Armament has selected AAI’s Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (TUAS) for the Italian Army. Under this 51 million euro ($64 million) award, Italy will purchase four Shadow TUAS for deployment alongside NATO forces. The Italian MoD’s competitive procurement fo



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